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Tuff Questions is our series where we ask artists a selection of incredibly difficult questions.

Brazilian producer, Vintage Culture, burst onto the scene in 2019 with his remix of Jorja Smith & Maverick Sabre's "Slow Down". Just two years later he was the #1 Selling Artist on Beatport and #1 Most Played Producer on 1001 Tracklists.

2022 will see him support Swedish House Mafia on their comeback tour and secure a residency at Hï alongside, FISHER, but is a hotdog a sandwich? Let's find out.

 

MoS: Describe your press shot in five words or less.

Vintage Culture: A necessary evil. Photo sessions are not my idea of a good time. Luckily one of the best photographers in the world, Fabrizio Pepe is one of my closest friends. Pepe makes the sessions as painless as possible.

 

House or Techno?

Will certainly go with House.

 

If House is a spiritual thing, who is its prophet?

Pete Tong has been spreading the Gospel for decades now... Thank you, Saint Pete.

 

What does your music smell like?

Adrenaline, Pheromones, Sweat, Perfume with a shot of Ministry Vodka. We sell the scent by the ounce on VintageCulture.com

 

What was the first song/album you bought with your own money?

"Blue Monday" by New Order... but I didn't exactly buy it... I think I owe the band $1.29 for my download.

 

What was your first email address?

VintageCultureLovesU@AOL.com

 

Best way to cure a hangover?

It's called, Bye Bad - a very effective vitamin pack, available in Brazil. Highly recommend it - 10 /10.

 

What song would be your wrestling entrance theme?

I will have to go with my remix of "Love Tonight", "All I Need Is Your Love Tonight" ... and probably an ambulance after the wrestling match!

Who’s the biggest party animal in dance music?

The trophy goes to Fisher - Wednesdays at Hi Ibiza are sheer madness.

 

You can only ever DJ B2B with one other person for the rest of your life, who is it?

Hmmm... If this is for the rest of my life I'll have to go with my close friend and DJ - MECA. Watch out for him in 2022!

 

You can only ever play one record again for the rest of your life - what is it?

I haven't written it yet... But I’ll send it to you when it’s finished.

 

If you could live in any other place and time, when and where would you pick?

Manchester, England in the late 1980s... I'd be best friends with New Order, hanging out at their Hacienda club and desperately chasing a recording deal with Factory Records.

 

Is a Hotdog a Sandwich?

A HotDog is Not a sandwich... When I'm in New York City my first stop is 42nd Street & Broadway - Best HotDogs in the world. 

 

Teetotal or tearing it up?

After 18 months of lockdown... we are tearing it up!

 

Favourite production? (pick one) lazers, disco ball, strobe, Co2, LED screen, confetti, foam, nothing or other.

If I have to choose I'll go with Lazers today... but I'm perfectly happy with just turntables and music fans who are ready to dance.

 

You can only wear one colour for the rest of your life, black is not an option, what colour do you choose?

Green - the color of my homeland flag.

 

What’s the best moment you’ve had on a dancefloor?

Starting out I was playing on a side stage at a big festival in Brazil. During my set I watched an empty dance floor fill to capacity during my set.  That is the moment I knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. 

 

What job would you do if you weren’t a musician?

I'd be an artist manager or agent - helping musicians.

 

Would you rather all your burps smell of eggs, or have a green cloud appear when you fart?

My best friend once asked me the same question, but we were 6 years old at the time. Will have to go with green cloud farts - to add more special effects to the shows.

 

What’s your biggest non-musical interest?

Traveling and seeing the world. I don't think I appreciated it enough until it was taken away in 2020.

 

You’re forming a cheesy pop group in the vein of 5ive, Steps, Spice Girls you’re your group must sing and do choreographed dance routines. Which other 3 DJs do you want in your band?

Definitely Fisher, then John Summit, and Korolova.We'd be like the Diana Ross & Supremes of electronic music.

 

6 = 2(x+2) what is x?

How did you get my laptop password?

 

What’s your secret weapon to rescue a dancefloor?

I'd tell you...but then I'd have to kill you.  Come to Hi Ibiza on Wednesdays and see for yourself.

 

Strangest / funniest thing you’ve seen in a club?

It wasn't a club, But I once saw a festival audience passing around a dwarf like a beach ball... that was both concerning and strange.

 

What single thing would make your life better?

Right now, if I asked for more than I already have I'd feel pretty ungrateful. Life is good at the moment.

 

If you had your own nightclub, what would you call it, and what’s the dress code?

I don't have a nightclub but I do have a music festival in Brazil - It's called So Track Boa. (Only Good Tracks in English). Dresscode is cool and comfortable. 

 

Why do lots of DJs wear masks? What’s the deal with that?

I asked that same question to Claptone once... but I couldn't hear his answer through the mask.

 

Most regrettable track you’ve dropped in a set?

Life's too short for regrets... we just learn and live to dance another day.

 

What’s the most expensive thing you own?

I'm not obsessed with material things, But I do have something Priceless - He has 4 legs, a tail and loves me unconditionally.

 

Where is the strangest place you’ve DJed?

During lockdown, I was doing YouTube shows every week from my house. We were always looking for different settings. After 12 months of this, I did a set from my bathroom - it's still on YouTube.

 

I'll tell you one of the most unusual and cool places I've DJed...

The Museu do Amanhã in Rio de Janeiro at sunset. That was quite a special experience. 

 

One piece of advice you would give your younger self?

The world doesn't owe you any favors. If you want something bad enough, you have to work hard every day. Never give up. Learn from your failures and cherish every success - big or small. We all fall down - even the best boxers in the world fall down - but getting up again and again, separates the men from the boys.

 

Where’s the afters?

I'll text you the address when I get there.

 

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